Turns out, the Wood Chuck can chuck a lot of recycled balls

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

In addition to the benefits of exercise and bonding with your doggie, there’s another reason why using Planet Dog’s Wood Chuck ball-tossing device earns you points as a good dog parent.

You are going green.

The Wood Chuck with the Orbee-Tuff RecycleBall is made with 100 percent sustainable bamboo and reused cork scraps that make the ball-tosser strong and cool-looking with a high degree of “chuck-ability,” according to the Planet Dog website.

The Wood Chuck’s cork handle is ergonomic and its four-pronged claw can couple with the Orbee-Tuff balls. It also works with certain nonpressurized standard tennis balls.

The Wood Chuck handle is made from real chopped up cork — no synthetics — leftover from other projects. All leftover bamboo scraps and sawdust from the Wood Chuck making process are used in medium-density fiberboard, according to a Planet Dog press release.

For all these reasons, well-known television veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker has named the Wood Chuck one of the best new pet products for 2011. Becker is the veterinary correspondent on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the “Dr. Oz” show.

Also in December, the eco-friendly Wood Chuck received a 2010 Editors’ Choice Award from the editors of Dog Fancy Magazine, the press release said.

Wood Chuck sells for $24.95 with the Orbee-Tuff RecycleBall and $19.95 without one. You can order online at www.planetdog.com or check your local pet supply stores to see if they stock it.

The website also has a video if you want to see the Wood Chuck iin action.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

Shelter hours

The Everett Animal Shelter recently extended its hours and is now open seven days a week.

New shelter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day and will provide services for lost and found animals, licensing and admitting of animals.

Adoptions will end 15 minutes before closing to allow time to complete paperwork and counseling.

The Everett Animal Shelter is at 333 Smith Island Road, in Langus Riverfront Park, Everett. For more information, call the shelter at 425-257-6000 or go to www.ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=35.

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